With debates around school textbooks and the passing of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida, some on the far right are increasingly accusing members of the LGBTQ community of wanting to “groom” children.
This disgusting, dog-whistle of a claim conflates LGBTQ rights with pedophilia.
Using the term “grooming” to discuss LGBTQ issues in the school curriculum also detracts from the serious issue of pedophiles who actually do target and groom kids.
Actor George Takei, who turned 85 last week, tweeted the perfect response over the weekend. He reminded people about how gay kids are usually brought up in a wholly heterosexual environment and it does nothing to change their sexuality.
“They ‘groomed’ me to be heterosexual, you know. It didn’t change a thing. Still gay as a rainbow sprinkle-covered cupcake,” he said.
Takei’s tweet has had over 200,000 likes and thousands of comments.
Takei followed it up with a second tweet saying, “The only things ‘gay grooming’ will ever do to a straight child will be better hygiene and more desirability from the other sex.”
The only things “gay grooming” will ever do to a straight child will be better hygiene and more desirability from the other sex.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 23, 2022
Last week, Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D) made headlines after a Republican colleague sent an email to supporters accusing McMorrow of “grooming” children. A furious McMorrow responded with a fiery speech in the Senate, blasting Senator Lana Theis (R) over her choice of language.
Senator Lana Theis accused me by name of grooming and sexualizing children in an attempt to marginalize me for standing up against her marginalizing the LGBTQ community…in a fundraising email, for herself.
Hate wins when people like me stand by and let it happen. I won’t. pic.twitter.com/jL5GU42bTv
— Mallory McMorrow (@MalloryMcMorrow) April 19, 2022
On Saturday, McMorrow revealed she received a call from President Joe Biden about her speech: “I’m humbled by @potus reaching out to discuss my speech, why we do this, and what it means for the soul of the nation. We can, and we will. #HateWontWin” McMorrow said.
Many of those responding to Takei’s tweet agreed with the actor. Here are a few of the comments.
I heard a great analogy the other day about the “pray the gay away” approach~ How much prayer would it take for a straight person to turn gay?? My thought is that it DOESN’T WORK, either way!
— I Stand With Ukraine 🇺🇦 (@alaskafire) April 23, 2022
If I may Mr. Takei. I know a gay couple, they have kids, and they are the most respectful kids I have ever met. If that’s “gay grooming” let’s have more of that please, the world will be a better place.
— geordy coleman (@GeordyColeman) April 23, 2022
I’ve been around gay men and didn’t “groom” me for anything. Just great normal people to hang around
— Aaronh78 (@KCRoyals1983) April 23, 2022
They keep insisting that being gay is a choice and one can choose to be straight. I’d like them to try to choose to be gay. I know for a fact, it doesn’t work.
— Old Kentucky Crone (@RuhDorothy) April 23, 2022
— Saint Snort 🏳️⚧️ True Blue Patriot 🇺🇸 (@DonkeySnort) April 23, 2022
I was a theatre kid. I had gay friends and gay teachers. I was a sperm donor for a lesbian couple. I’m 52 and still not gay. Somebody obviously wasn’t grooming me aggressively enough.
— Eric Virkkala (@EricOVirkkala) April 23, 2022
I was raised by lesbians since I was 2, so they had AMPLE time to “groom” me for the gay life.
Instead, I grew up straight and they never once cared, let alone tried to change that.
Now I’m in my mid 40’s, married (straight), and have kids. So 🤷🏻♀️
— Bear (@BearBewae) April 24, 2022
I feel this tweet more than anyone can ever know. 🥺💙 https://t.co/ikjx5V3GRU
— 🖖 Christian, Logically So (@TrekkieCJ) April 24, 2022